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Ebonyi govt, PDP verbal words over access to secretariat

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By Ruth Oginyi

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi state chapter, has accused Governor David Umahi of stopping the party from gaining access to its secretariat along the Enugu Abakaliki highway.

PDP at the Press briefing in Abakaliki the state capital the party Caretaker Committee Chairman, Elder Frederick Udeogu, said that since the sacked state chairman Onyekachi Nwebonyi has jumped out of the party, Governor Umahi should facilitate a peaceful surrender of the party office which his hirelings had attempted to occupy and vandalize.

PDP and the state government however are on verbal war over the ownership of the party secretariat in Abakaliki, as well as the resignation of the dissolved State Working Committee of the party led by Onyekachi Nwebonyi to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and violence in some parts of the state.

PDP said “Governor Umahi commissioned Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi, his political hireling and surrogate to undermine the activities of our party, but today we are happy and pleased to note that we welcome the latest development which is the withdrawal and resignation of Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi from the PDP, thereby bringing to an end all the machinations which had hitherto created problems for our party and its teeming members in Ebonyi State.

“From now onwards we have taken back our party and we hereby pledge to ensure that all our teeming members are united to work assiduously for victory come 2023.  We hereby plead with Governor Umahi to facilitate a peaceful surrender of our party Secretariat which his hirelings had attempted to occupy and vandalize.

“Let me also use this opportunity to urge Governor Umahi to rethink the violence that has been unleashed on the state since his defection. The spate of politically motivated killings across the state is condemnable and unacceptable. We urge the Governor to take steps to stem down this unwarranted violence in the interest of our dear state”, the party said.

But the state government in a statement through the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji berated PDP and the caretaker chairman and wondered why he was linking Umahi with the PDP when he has joined APC.

Orji said, “It is understandable that the mass movement of Ebonyi people to APC has caused a colossal collapse of the PDP from its very fabric, but the remnants of that party should be brave enough to face the bitter reality of the fragile condition of PDP in the state.

“We are therefore surprised that the first meeting of PDP in the state after the state governor defected to All Progressives Congress, which should have been agenda setting after being irreparably flattened by the mass exodus of the good people of Ebonyi state, was only held to play a blame game against the APC government of the state in which issues raised thereof are impotent, baseless, and objectively diversionary.

“We want to use this medium to again admonish the PDP in Ebonyi State to leave the government and good people of Ebonyi State out of the party’s woes, including leadership tussle as we have no business with a troubled party.

“The plea that the Governor should facilitate the takeover of Africa’s biggest Party Secretariat by the State Chapter of PDP and the allegation that the Governor unleashed violence and politically motivated killings in the state after our massive defection to APC can best be described as the most unintelligent shenanigans of the most frustrated opposition party in the history of the state.

“The good people of Ebonyi State cannot be deceived because we have the history and record of the involvement of each of the present leaders of PDP in the monumental violence, politically motivated killings and communal clashes that engulfed Ebonyi State like a holocaust between 2001 and 2003 for which their leaders were the protagonists, as we have the details including video clips of how they carried each other’s mock coffin as a smokescreen to hide their atrocities”, Orji said.

Easter: FRSC deploys 1200 personnel in Anambra (NEWS)

By Praise Necherem

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed a total of 1200 officers and special marshals for traffic control and rescue operations during and after the Easter celebrations.

The Sector Commander, Andrew Kumapayi who disclosed this while addressing officers and Marshals of the command said the command would collaborate with other security agencies to ensure crash-free festivities.

He said, “Anambra  Sector Command has deployed five hundred and fifty (550) of  her personel  both  Officers  and Marshals   and  six hundred and fifty  (650) Special Marshals for traffic control and rescue operations.

“As a lead agency in traffic management, FRSC ANAMBRA is committed in ensuring a safer motoring environment during this Easter celebration, and the command will ensure Ndi Anambra travels for Easter celebration safely without any interference along her major highways.

“All flash points known for traffic gridlock will be manned, Tow Truck, Ambulances will be deployed at strategic points in the State to clear any obstruction and administer emergency cases respectively.”

Kumapayi further warned motorists to desisit from all traffic infractions during this period especially Driving against traffic, drunk driving, non installation of speed limiting device, use of Phone while driving, speeding and overloading as the command has set up mobile Courts to try traffic offenders. 

He added that the command would deploy her personnel to parks and fleet operators terminals to conduct test on   drivers in order to detect drunk drivers  and disallowed them from driving.

He also extended his warm greetings to Ndi Anambra as they celebrate this year Easter celebration for a crash free Easter celebration and they should call 122 Toll free lines in a case of crash or gridlock.

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